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New Mexico Electric Vehicle Program Overview

New Mexico EV - Building a clean energy economy

Transportation accounts for the largest share of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions (about a third), with most transportation emissions coming from light-duty vehicles—the cars, small trucks, and vans that many of us drive.

The U.S. consumer market for EVs is rapidly growing. In the third quarter of 2023, EV and hybrid sales amounted to 18 percent of U.S. light duty vehicle sales; over the year, Americans bought one million fully electric vehicles, a new record.

Purpose - Meeting the President’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050

will require large-scale adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), which can produce fewer—or zero—emissions. 

Market research indicates that overall consumer satisfaction with electric vehicles is very high. In fact, 80 percent of EV owners are likely to buy an EV again based on ease of charging at home, driving enjoyment, vehicle quality and reliability, and the low cost of ownership. Still, survey data reveal that lack of public charging availability is one of the main reasons causing people not to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase. Other related issues include concerns about how far EVs can drive on a charge, about whether chargers will be available and working, and about the amount of time it takes to charge. Economic research indicates that investing in an extensive EV charging network that supports a variety of EV models is a relatively cost-effective way to overcome the market failures limiting EV adoption. To this end, the President has invested $7.5 billion from his Bipartisan Infrastructure Law towards building a national network of EV chargers.

Details about the programs

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Public Law 117-58 (Nov. 15, 2021), includes important new programs to address climate change by reducing carbon emissions. Among these programs is the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program that will provide funding to states to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and establish an interconnected network. These historic investments in EV charging infrastructure will put the United States on a path to a nationwide network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030 and ensure a convenient, reliable, affordable, and equitable charging experience for all users.

New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) expects to receive around $38 million from this program over five years from the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) to install EV charging infrastructure with a US DOT priority on Interstate highway locations.

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI)

The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) is a new competitive grant program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work – urban and rural areas alike – in addition to along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs). CFI Program investments will make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all drivers of electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas vehicles. This program provides two funding categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $2.5 billion over five (5) years for this program. This NOFO offers up to $700 million from Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 to strategically deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure projects in urban and rural communities in publicly accessible locations, including downtown areas and local neighborhoods, particularly in underserved and disadvantaged communities.

The CFI Program was authorized to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, propane fueling infrastructure, and natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors (AFC) or in certain other locations within communities that will be accessible to all drivers of electric vehicles, hydrogen vehicles, propane vehicles, and natural gas vehicles.

For more information regarding this grant opportunity, please visit: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cfi/

Public EV Deployment Guide

“This Deployment Guide is aimed specifically at public entities looking to build electric vehicle charging stations. Whether you work for a state agency, a county, or a municipality, our intent is to simplify the process and to assist you in deciding what best suits your needs and finances.” —Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor

Public EV Deployment Guide Survey

Public EV Deployment Guide Survey

2. Were the guidelines provided in the Public EV Deployment Guide clear and easy to follow?(Required)
4. Did the Public EV Deployment Guide adequately address potential challenges or obstacles that may arise during the deployment process?(Required)
5. Overall, how would you rate the usefulness of the Public EV Deployment Guide on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful?(Required)

News

NMDOT Announces First Round of Funding Awards for $11.9 Million from National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Funding

Santa Fe, NM - The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) received $38.3 million in NEVI Formula funding to distribute through 2026. The funds will be used for the expansion of a National EV Charging Infrastructure network in the State of New Mexico. In the...

New Mexico Receives $67.7 Million in Grants from Biden-Harris Administration for First of Its Kind Infrastructure in the Southwest

The Biden-Harris Administration awarded $67.7 Million, to New Mexico for the purpose of deploying chargers in local communities and along major travel corridors while promoting American jobs and leadership in electric vehicle (EV) charging. An investment of more than...